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The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. April 19, 2021
The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type

Properly shaped eyebrows are a key element to achieving harmony in the face . Eyebrows not only frame the eyes, but also give intensity to your look. This can help you to look more beautiful with less, so it is essential to learn how to take advantage of our eyebrows.

There are different shapes of eyebrows. While some of us are fortunate to have been born with naturally ideal eye for our face shape, some of us might need (or simply want) to alter them a little. For example, by shaping the eyes correctly, we can elongate a wide face. In this oneHOWTO article, we discuss the best eyebrow shape for each face type and help you to choose the style that's best for you.

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  1. Types of women's eyebrows
  2. Straight and ascending eyebrows
  3. Arched and bushy eyebrows
  4. Thin arched eyebrows
  5. Completely straight eyebrows
  6. Soft-angled eyebrows
  7. Angled eyebrows
  8. Rounded eyebrows
  9. ‘S’ shaped eyebrows

Types of women's eyebrows

To pluck your eyebrows, you should first take into account the shape of your face, the length and thickness of your eyebrows and their natural shape. It is always best to respect the natural shape of the eyebrow as much as possible, making small modifications when necessary. Although there are many possible eyebrow designs, most types are divided into three main groups:

  • Straight eyebrows: these type of eyebrows has a minimal or non-existent natural arch and usually have no noticeable height difference between both ends (the one closest to the tear duct and the ‘tail’). Sometimes, especially if they are very bushy, it is enough to comb them with a small brush to give them a little more life, while simultaneously respecting their natural design. In others, however, it is necessary to create an inner arch through proper plucking, especially in angular and square faces.

  • Curved or arched eyebrows: one of the most common and versatile eyebrow shapes for women, although there are various types. These eyebrows have a curvature which can be more or less pronounced and frame the eye. However, in the case of these eyebrows, attention should be paid to the ends. If they are too low, they could create the effect of a sad or dull look, or alternatively, if the ends are too high, they would create a look that is too harsh or aggressive.

  • Angled eyebrows: one of the most distinctive of eyebrow shapes for women. However, they only work for certain types of faces. They are characterized by a visible angle at a certain point on the arch itself, usually in the central area. This beautiful angle can be ideal when it comes to giving width to the eyes, but it may not be a good ally in the case of large, protruding eyes.
The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Types of women's eyebrows

Straight and ascending eyebrows

What eyebrow shape will work for me if I have a round face? A rounded facial oval brings sweetness to the face and, with the right makeup, you can visually refine it and obtain magnificent results. If this is your goal, the shape of your eyebrows is also decisive. Avoid rounded eyebrows, as they will enhance the circular shape of your face. Instead, opt for straight but ascending eyebrows.

If you are looking for eyebrows for a round face, go for this style and leave the tail or outer end slightly raised, thus giving more harmony to your face as a whole.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Straight and ascending eyebrows

Arched and bushy eyebrows

This is the perfect eyebrow shape for square faces, i.e. those characterized by being short and with a wide prominent jaw. The goal in this case should be to soften these lines that harden the features, so we advise you to go for well arched and natural eyebrows. If they are not very bushy, we recommend you make them well defined, but don't overdo it with makeup as this can harden the expression even more.

What style is strictly forbidden for a square face? Straight and very thin eyebrows. For this reason, you won't want to pluck too much. If you do need to do so, our article on how to pluck eyebrows for different face shapes will help you out.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Arched and bushy eyebrows

Thin arched eyebrows

Before it was the turn of arched and bushy eyebrows, now it's time to stand up for thinner eyebrows. The first thing you need to do is be careful. This doesn't mean neglecting your eyebrows or not properly defining them. It means making them thinner rather than thicker. If you are looking for the best eyebrows for an elongated face and you have a heart-shaped or inverted triangle face (i.e. wider in the eye area and sharper in the chin area), the ideal eyebrows are those with soft lines and which are not very pronounced.

Wear your eyebrows subtly arched and not too bushy in order to draw attention away from the upper part of the face. This should make the lower, thinner part stand out.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Thin arched eyebrows

Completely straight eyebrows

The best eyebrows for a completely elongated facial shape will be the ones that help you break with that longitudinal line which defines your face. At oneHOWTO we advise you to go for straight and combed eyebrows, following their natural shape. It works every time.

Here is an article on Indian bridal hairstyles for a long face, if you are looking for some more styles to compliment a long face.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Completely straight eyebrows

Soft-angled eyebrows

When is it best to go for this type of eyebrow? When your face has a rectangular shape. This structure brings together the features of either a square face or an elongated one, so finding the best eyebrow design is not always easy in this case.

The most advisable design is one that focuses on gently arched eyebrows, with a slight angle so that the elevation is gradual. They should be longer than on a square face so that the horizontal line counteracts the length of the facial shape.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Soft-angled eyebrows

Angled eyebrows

If you have an oval face, we have the option for you. This type of face and its features allow for any kind of eyebrow shape. You can even vary depending on the occasion or your mood. At oneHOWTO we advise you to play it safe and go for arched eyebrows with a marked angle to raise the tail of the eyebrow, resulting in a more open look.

Do you want more information, you can complete the look with one of our hairstyles for an oval face.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Angled eyebrows

Rounded eyebrows

Full, round or semi-round eyebrow designs are perfect for ‘A’ or triangular faces. For this type of face structure, since the lower part of the face has a greater weight, it is important that the eyebrows achieve the desired balance for the whole face.

Keep in mind that if you don't have very bushy eyebrows but you have this type of face, you can always apply makeup to them to get the right design.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - Rounded eyebrows

‘S’ shaped eyebrows

How should you pluck your eyebrows if you have a diamond-shaped face? This type of face stands out for its balanced features and, generally, also for its prominent cheekbones. Straight eyebrows don't look good on this type of face, so you should opt for slightly arched eyebrows with a raised end to accentuate the look and take the focus away from the cheekbones. This is the so-called ‘S’ design.

Have you made a mistake with your hair removal and are wondering how long it takes for eyebrows to grow? In this other oneHOWTO article we let you know why your eyebrows aren't growing back. If your goal, however, is to change the shape of your eyebrows completely to better suit the structure of your face, it is best to go to a professional beautician.

The Best Eyebrow Shape for Each Face Type - ‘S’ shaped eyebrows

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